It is said that when you interact with someone, you are in fact seeing a reflection of yourself. That is, what you observe and interpret about the other person has more to do with your own internal landscape than it does with the reality of who the other person is.
In this sense, you can think about “seeing” others as an opportunity for self-reflection. What qualities are you drawn to? What traits or behaviors make you feel uncomfortable? This process helps us gain insight into ourselves and our own beliefs, attitudes, and values.
The flip side of this idea is also true: how we present ourselves to the world becomes part of how others see us. Our interactions give others clues about our personalities, values, and intentions.
The bottom line is that understanding what we see in others — whether positive or negative — can give us invaluable insights about ourselves. It’s a powerful reflection of who we are and how we think about the world. That awareness can help us become more mindful of our own thoughts and behavior, allowing us to make smart decisions based on a deeper sense of self-awareness.
So next time you “see” someone else, take a moment to look at yourself as well. You may be surprised by the insight it provides!